Full house as bingo gets last call

FAREWELL: Some of the bingo-lovers at  the final call out.
FAREWELL: Some of the bingo-lovers at the final call out.

More than 80 bingo fans, most of them pensioners, crowded into the social club at Delphi on Monday afternoon to enjoy their favourite pastime.

As always, bingo club organisers Angela and David Rolt and Val Hastie, put on a good show with a jackpot prize of £120. One table seemed to have all the luck, according to Angela, which often happens.

But this week’s game had a special significance for the bingo enthusiasts as it was the last one being held by the Delphi Charity Bingo Club. After 10 years of fundraising for lots of charities, the club has held its last session.

It started life as the mayor’s chosen charity in Sudbury and, throughout its existence, has raised around £4,000 a year for 20 good causes.

Charity favourites are Hillside Special School and the Bridge Project in Sudbury, St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds as well as Age UK, Help for Heroes, the air ambulance and cancer research.

Angela, who has been involved from the start, said: “We’d like to thank all the lovely people of Sudbury. We couldn’t possibly have done it without them. During these 10 years we have raised more than £40,000 for charity.” Angela, from Bantocks Road, Great Waldingfield, said it was sad to see the club close but as no-one had come forward to take over from the organisers, they had no option but to close it.

“We’d love to see it kept going but we are not getting any younger and it needed someone else to step up to take it on.

“A few people did offer but when they realised how much work was involved they didn’t take it up.”

She said she would still be happy to hear from anyone who would like to run the club but they would have to provide all their own equipment including the bingo calling equipment.

“People have really enjoyed the bingo sessions and it was very much appreciated by those who enjoy bingo. The feedback from people we have had is that they are sad it has closed, too.”